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Macon County Public Health has a mission for reaching people with diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, MCPH is announcing a “Diabetes Expo” to be held at Macon County Public Health on Monday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Diabetes Expo will offer: information on how to get control of blood glucose, recipes, live fitness demos, local resources for medical and financial support, tips for success, and a chance to speak with registered dietitians.

Free fasting glucose checks will be available while supplies last. If you are concerned about your risk for diabetes or whether you are maintaining control, you are invited to participate in this risk screening opportunity.

For more information about the Diabetes Expo or the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact Jessi Bassett, RD, at (828)349-2086.

Sherry Dills of Macon County has been awarded a 2014 CCNC Healthcare Quality Award.

Dills works as a district project manager with AccessCare, serving seven N.C. counties – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

Dills oversees a multidisciplinary care management team and has built partnerships throughout the Far West communities to improve health outcomes.

Pictured is John Bristol, vice president of business operations for AccessCare, presents Sherry Dills of Macon County with the 2014 CCNC Health Care Quality Award.

After more than a month of being in the classroom full-time, 13 Southwestern Community College radiography students are now into their clinical rotations at a variety of area hospitals.

On their first set of rotations, these students will work under the direction of radiography professionals and assist in the taking of x-rays as well as other daily tasks.

All the students are working toward a two-year, associate degree. Upon graduation, they can work in diagnostic x-ray departments or continue to specialty areas like MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, sonography, mammography, CT (Computed Tomography), radiation therapy or continue their education and work toward a bachelor’s degree.



As Southwestern Community College’s first Project SEARCH® interns introduced themselves to their new supervisors, Glenda Shular stood beaming quietly off to the side.

Clearly, this was a moment worth savoring.

Shular’s son Chris was one of six special needs students who’ll be learning job skills at Harris Regional Hospital this fall. They were introduced to a room filled with WestCare Health department directors and Project SEARCH® program coordinators.

“Even before he was selected to be part of this program, I was tickled to death to hear about it,” said Glenda Shular, who lives in Whittier. “It’s long overdue, in my opinion. It’s great to see an organization in the community recognize that these people have something to offer.


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